Minden Press-Herald

Sep 22nd

Non-profit helps non-profit

DSC03971A gift of $4,000 from one non-profit organization to another will help purchase Christmas gifts for foster children in Webster Parish, as well as school supplies and uniforms.

CASA Supervisor, Teresa Roberts-Chandler, said she is very appreciative of the funds raised for the children and for the work Junior Service League (JSL) does for the community.

"I really hope to bring awareness to the program and the kids," she said. "These kids need someone who is going to fight for what is best for them – someone who will bring attention to what is going on in the child's life and the lives that affect the child."

The mission of CASA is to support and promote court-appointed volunteer advocacy so abused or neglected children can be safe, establish permanence and have an opportunity to thrive.

Chandler said volunteers are needed to help advocate for the 60 children in the program in Webster Parish.

"Volunteers get to know the child by talking to people in the child's life," Chandler said. "Some of those people might be parents and relatives, foster parents, teachers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and others. These kids need someone who will care about them and look out for their best interest."

Volunteers must pass a background check and receive training provided by CASA before taking a case.

CASA was nominated as the beneficiary of the 11th annual JSL 5K race. Every year the JSL economics chair person nominates a program to receive the proceeds.

"In seven years this is the most I've seen donated," said Debbie Vickers, president of JSL. "The Junior Service League was developed to help support the community, especially the children of the community."

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